Invest in your community and in yourself: Shop locally.
I ordered online a lot for Christmas this year, but I got to thinking about where the money was going and how I was hurting my own business.
Every time I purchase something online that money leaves our area. That money goes into the pockets and bank accounts of businesses and employees in other towns, other states, and, sometimes, other nations.
Most of our money stays in the CSRA whenever we shop locally. The money spent locally goes into our local banks, helps local tax accounts, and that money goes to those who live in our region. These same people may well be the customers who buy goods or services from my business.
If you buy online for the ease and convenience, don't worry, most local businesses have a website.
Help small businesses like The Bloom Closet survive, shop locally!